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It is important for students and parents to understand the value and cost of college attendance.

The University of Saint Katherine offers a strong liberal arts curriculum, small classes with dedicated faculty members, and an environment that allows students to explore their interests and determine their career path within the context of a respectful, positive, and Christian community.

A fine education is an investment in the future. We strive to keep the cost affordable for everyone who is admitted to the University.

The total cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses. Only tuition and fees are payable to the University of Saint Katherine. Students who receive financial aid spend less — often much less — than the total cost of attendance.


The Total Cost Of Attendance (COA) is used to determine the maximum amount of grants and loans that a student can receive in a given Academic Year. The figures below assume a standard course load during the fall and spring semesters, mandatory fees, and a living arrangement with either parent(s) or roommate(s). The University does not offer housing or meal service at this time.

Allowance Living at Home Off-Campus Housing Comments
Tuition and Fees $28,800 $28,800 Mandatory Gen. Svcs. Fee only
Books and Supplies $1,152 $1,152 Books, educational supplies
Food $8,320 $5,096 All meals, snacks, etc.
Housing 0 $10,712 Rent and utilities
Transportation $912 $832 Gas, etc. to/from classes
Personal / Miscellaneous $2,976 $3,488 Clothing, laundry, personal care, recreation, etc.
Total Cost of Attendance $42,160 $50,080  


All students are expected to have a laptop computer. All students are also expected to have up-to-date health insurance coverage of their own or through a parent/guardian policy.


Tuition and Mandatory Fees

Tuition is charged each semester. For students who take 12-18 units per semester, the cost is $13,500 per semester. The per-unit charge is $900 for units taken below 12 or above 18. A required General Services Fee of $900 per semester supports wi-fi access, computing services, library acquisitions, software licenses, institutional subscriptions, institutional memberships, and student services.

One-Time and Optional Fees (not included in Total Cost of Attendance calculation above)

A student may be required to pay other fees for specific services or activities:
One-time enrollment fee: $350
Athletics fee: $450 per semester to cover transportation, insurance, tournament fees, conference membership fees, etc.
Science lab and art lab fees: Variable, typically $50 to $100 per lab class
One-time graduation fee: $300

Payment plan fee: 2.5% of balance per semester

Financial Aid

University of Saint Katherine students have access to many types of financial aid that may sharply reduce the student’s or family’s expected contribution. Students can contact us at (760) 471.1316 for answers to financial aid questions.

Other Information

The rates shown are those in effect for the indicated academic year, and are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. University charges are due and payable in full by the date announced before the beginning of each term, or according to individual payment plans. A late payment penalty is assessed on payments received after the due date.

To check on an account balance or make a payment online, students can confidentially access their accounts at